Before you start landscaping, consider the location of above ground power lines, and underground electric lines and natural gas pipelines.
Click before you dig
If you plan to dig more than 15 cm, click before you dig. We will check and mark your property for electric and natural gas lines. The service is free.
If you hit an electric power line or natural gas pipeline, you can cause severe injuries or death, and damage or destroy your property.
Trees and power lines
Before you plant a tree, look up. If your tree looks like it will touch an overhead power line as it grows, find another location. Keep all plantings to a minimum of 2 metres back from a power line. Plant taller growing trees (for example, willow, ash, maple, evergreen) at least 6 metres back from a power line.
When trees touch power lines, they can cause power interruptions, blackouts, and fires. If trees begin to pose a risk, they may have to be radically cut back or even removed.
If you see a tree touching a power line, stay at least 10 metres away, and call 911 or your local emergency services immediately.
Managing plants and trees around our equipment
To maintain reliable service, we remove and trim trees and plants along 90,000 km of power lines. We work to reduce the impact to a healthy tree canopy while keeping a safe clearance for our workers.
Power lines are kept clear of trees and plants by cutting, mowing, and mulching. We also use herbicides to control the entire plant to reduce the frequency of tree trimming and mowing. These herbicides are approved by Health Canada and target specific plants without damaging the environment or posing a risk to human health.
We understand plants growing under or beside power lines may be important to communities for food, medicinal, spiritual, cultural, and recreational reasons. In most cases, our tree and plant management may be changed to address concerns.
Many homeowners have a padmount transformer located on their property. You can attractively landscape around the transformer with ornamental shrubs but do not block the padlock side of padmount transformers. This side must be available for maintenance work. Before you landscape – remember to click before you dig.
Avoid causing severe injuries, death, and damaging your property when adding a fire pit. Ensure the fire pit is not installed on electric and natural gas lines or directly under an electric power line. Keep it at least 3 metres from any buildings, structures, fences, or trees.
Before you install a below-ground fire pit, click before you dig and request a line locate. We will inspect and mark your property for underground electric and natural gas lines.
Check with your local municipality about its fire pit regulations.
Inspect your pool equipment (for example, pool lighting, sump pump, power washer) every year. Ensure electrical equipment is properly grounded and check electrical cords for damage. Test ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) monthly.
A licensed electrician should install and maintain your pool wiring and equipment. If you have an older pool, consider upgrade protection for lights, receptacles, and switches.
Protect people in and around the pool from electrical hazards.
- Do not touch an electrical cord, switch, or appliance if you are wet or standing on a wet surface.
- Do not touch an electrical cord or appliance that has fallen into the pool until you turn off the power at the main switch.
- Make (and share) an emergency plan to deal with an electrical shock accident.
- Do not jump into the water to save someone who is suffering an electrical shock – turn off the power at the main switch.
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